6 Self-Care Tips If The Current Political Climate Makes You Anxious

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We are living through one of the most political anxiety-producing times in the history of the United States. There’s no doubt about it — right now, the political climate is anything but calm, friendly, or unifying.

Whatever your beliefs, you and probably everyone you know have been judged and maligned by people who believe different truths.

At times like these, or any time that is extra-stressful and anxiety-producing for you, it’s important to know how to take care of yourself.

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Here are 5 self-care tips you can use to calm down your political anxiety.

1. Make yourself a priority every day.

You don’t take care of people or things that aren't among your priorities. Schedule “me time” every day, even if it’s just a short time here and there during an otherwise busy day.

This is not selfish, it's productive and healthy.

2. Plug into your social network.

Call or visit online with people who are important and uplifting for you. Spend time with people in physically distant social settings, outdoors if possible.

Talk about things unrelated to politics: children, movies, TV, whatever.

3. Use your body in whatever way is possible for you.

...And is enjoyable!

Walking has become the new most popular activity for a lot of people. If you live where it is interesting and safe to walk outside, make a daily walk part of your “me time” schedule, and make it important.

If other family members need to come along, that’s fine, but this is for you.

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4. Make mindfulness part of your day.

An easy way to make the time for mindfulness is to actually schedule it. In other words, choose a time that is yours alone, maybe when you first wake up.

Sit or lie quietly, breathe deeply, and become aware of your breath and every part of your body working for your benefit.

If you're already familiar with any specific form of mindfulness meditation, use that at this time. If not, you can purchase a recording from many websites.

Find one that sells work that you understand or supports the work of someone you respect.

5. Practice gratitude every day.

I like to spend a short time at the end of the day practicing gratitude. I think back on my day and the things I am grateful for, the things or experiences that make my life better, or the opportunities to help other people improve their lives.

It can be the tip you were able to afford to give to the person who delivered your groceries, the friendly phone call you made to an elderly neighbor, or just the delicious cookies you enjoyed with your child.

Anything that is positive will be perfect.

If you're feeling anxious when you see or hear stories about the current political climate, you'll probably feel a lot better if you do these simple things.

If you are experiencing more anxiety or feel that you need additional help, you can contact a professional hypnotherapist in your area. Hypnosis really can help!

Remember, no matter the circumstances, you can overcome your political anxiety and get a feeling of control back in your life.

Anxiety and stress are scary, and political turmoil is even more so. By following these tips, you'll learn how to keep anxious fears at bay.

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Nancie Barwick is a clinical hypnotherapist, author, speaker, and medical intuitive. For more information on her services, visit her website.